The New Kia Rio | Part Two

Styling and Design

Created by Kia design teams with a passion for engineering and aimed at consumers with a passion for life, the new Rio’s ‘dynamic, youthful, aggressive, sporty and bold’ appearance has been styled to attract image conscious modern consumers.

The 3,990 mm long new Rio hatchback and the longer 4,240 mm saloon are taller (+50 mm), wider (+15 mm) but shorter (-250 mm in five-door form) than the model they replace.

The new Rio also has a much longer wheelbase (+90 mm) which combined with skilful packaging of the mechanical components, enables it to claim ‘best-in-class’ interior space for maximum occupant comfort and (on the saloon) 290 litres of luggage space that is 29% larger than the previous model.

The new Rio’s wheelbase is between 9 mm and 40 mm longer than the Polo, Fabia, 206, Fiesta and Corsa, while its overall width is from 12 mm to 49 mm wider, and overall length (in five-door form) is between 30 mm and 168 mm longer than those potential hatchback rivals.

Raising Power Levels for ‘best-in-class’ Performance

Unusually, the latest Rio is an all-new model that also comes with new or fully-revised engines.

Kia’s all-new 1.5 CRDi diesel engine features a common rail fuel injection system and an advanced variable geometry turbocharger (VGT). Similar to the Cerato engine, this new unit produces more power, and cleaner emissions that meet Euro 4 criteria. Performance of the 1.5 diesel engine is highly competitive and class-leading in an area of the market where most rivals have 75 PS or less. The 16-valve unit delivers a maximum of 110 PS (80 kW) and 24.0 kg.m (235 Nm) of torque at just 2,000 rpm.

For customers who prefer petrol or require an automatic transmission, two 16-valve petrol engines (1.6 and 1.4 litres) are available. The 1.6 DOHC power plant brings continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) to the B-Segment of the market in a Kia for the first time. CVVT automatically adjusts valve timing to boost performance, throttle response, fuel economy and reduce emissions, at low and medium engine speeds. This engine produces 112 PS (82.4 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 14.9 kg.m (146 Nm) of torque at 4,500 rpm.

The all-new 1.4-litre engine makes its world premiere in the new Rio. This DOHC, 16-valve unit generates a maximum of 97 PS (70.3 kW) at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 12.8 kgm (125.4 Nm) at 4,700 rpm, making the Rio one of the most powerful cars in the 1,400 cc class. New Rio outperforms its 1.4-litre B-Segment rivals, with up to 22 PS more power than competitors.

All three engines available in the five-door and four-door Rio's are offered with a five-speed manual transmission as standard. Available as an option, a four-speed automatic transmission specifically developed and tuned for the Rio, is offered on both petrol engines.

Published 15 July 2005 Melanie Carter

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